But, at the state level within the legislature, the legislative year ends with some key victories for the statewide restaurant community.
Since January the tabletop was filled with everything from proposals to micromanage your hiring processes, mandate double pay on holidays, restrict your employee scheduling, increase your legal liability, institute higher wages without recognition of total compensation (including tips) and youth wages, dictating what goes on your menus as it relates to seafood, taxing cocktails served in restaurants, expanding mandated protected employee leave policies, putting restaurants in the role of taxing and warning consumers of the health impacts of "sugar sweetened beverages", among other threats.
In addition to playing defense to defeat threats, we proactively pursued favorable changes to law such as the ongoing efforts to get a "total compensation" model built into minimum wage calculations for servers (which was stopped in the Assembly Labor Committee) and further reforms to limit ADA lawsuits.
Please see the chart for more detail and specifics of the few statewide setbacks and many victories from the 2015 state legislative year in Sacramento. You will see four categories of proposed legislation: (1) "Defeated"are those that had a vote and failed; (2) " Stopped" are those that lacked sufficient votes for passage; (3) "Vetoed" are those the Governor rejected and, as a result, will not become law; and (4) "Signed" are things that will become law.